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“I emphasize that active learning from reading is better than passive learning such as listening to lectures or watching television. When you read, your mind must work by taking in letters and connecting them to form words. Words make themselves into thoughts and concepts. Developing good reading habits is something like being a champion weightlifter. The champion didn’t go into the gym one day and start lifting 500 pounds. He toned his muscles beginning with lighter weights, always building up, preparing for more. It’s the same thing with intellectual feats. We develop our minds by reading, by thinking, by figuring out things for ourselves.”
~ Dr. Benjamin Carson

(Dr. Benjamin Carson, author of Gifted Hands, is one of the top pediatric neurosurgeons in the world and winner of the Presidental Medal of Freedom.)

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  1. 12 Comment(s)

  2.   By Summer on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    REading always expands our thinking, I agree.

  3.   By Katelyn Davis on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    I agree with this statement 100%. Reading is a great way to learn and should be done more often rather than just doing lectures or watching TV.

  4.   By Lia on Feb 17, 2016 | Reply

    I like the idea of reading is better than active learning.

  5.   By Davida on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    I mostly agree with this blog. It is true that people develope there minds by reading and thinking, but we can’t do everything by our selfs.

  6.   By Librarian on Feb 23, 2017 | Reply

    Discussing ideas with others is very important. Who do you like to talk to about ideas?

  7.   By Karmyn on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    reading is a great way to stimulate your brain. it is much better than watching TV all day long. reading can also help us experiance adventures that we would never get to experiance in real life

  8.   By Karmyn on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    reading is a great way to stimulate your brain. so much better than sitting on the couch all day.

  9.   By Sierra on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    i really like how they compared reading to lifting weights. when i was little we had little books the teacher handed out and those little 4 paged books compared what i read now is a huge jump just like weight liffting you start with little and get heavier weights.

  10.   By Librarian on Feb 23, 2017 | Reply

    Good example, Sierra.

  11.   By Mina on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    I agree with this. The more you read, the more your mind will grow and expand to new levels.

  12.   By Ethan Kent on Feb 22, 2017 | Reply

    I agree with this statement, but I also think some students have a hard time comprehending the information they read. A lecture after reading a passage can help insure the students completely understand the topic.

  13.   By laura on Nov 14, 2017 | Reply

    I think that this statement is true because anyone who has ever succeeded at something will try to motivate you by explaining that it takes effort and patience. I also think that It could improve your mindset to where you believe in your self enough to try all kinds of new things.

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